Stephen Willats

Contemporary Programme

The Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs, November 2022

The Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs

Poster from the project

Stephen Willats - Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs
10 October – 10 December, 2022
Tennis Tournament & exhibition preview: Saturday 8 October

Bonington Gallery Nottingham Trent University Dryden Street
Tennis Tournament: Saturday 8 October, 2-4 pm
Park Tennis Club, Nottingham. NG7 1BX

The Social Resource Project for Tennis Clubs (1971/72) is exhibited in Nottingham for the first time, five decades after the project first took place in the city whilst Willats was working at Nottingham College of Art. Accompanying the archive materials is a new film and photographic series based upon recent revisits to the original sites by Willats. The exhibition also includes works produced during his early years in Nottingham that proved formative for his subsequent career.

The re-modelling of the game of tennis which formed part of the original project was re-staged on 8th October


Atlas of Modernity Exercises, November 2022

Atlas of Modernity Exercises

Variable Shift Machine No 1, 1963

Muzeum Sztuki



Attracting The Attractor, November 2022

Attracting The Attractor

Attracting The Attractor
Stephen Willats
May 2019
First edition published by Claire de Rouen in an edition of 500.
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Control Magazine Issue 21, November 2022

Control Magazine Issue 21

New issue of Control Magazine edited by Stephen Willats.
Contributors:  Helen Walker & Harun Morrison - They Are Here, Pete Clark, Lucie Kolb, Gary Bratchfod & Robert Parkinson, Rebecca Davies & Eva Sajovic - Peoples Bureau, Eliana Otta, Stephen Willats, Javier Calderon - Chalton Gallery£15 + postage
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Control: Publishing as Cybernetic Practice, November 2022

Control: Publishing as Cybernetic Practice

Stephen Willats interview by Sarah Hamerman, in Avant:



Wall Print, November 2022

Wall Print

1980 Wall Print

27cm wide x 30cm high.
Media:- Letterpress block on cloth paper with Letraline applied by hand.
Edition of 150 prints.
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At the end of the 1970’s Stephen Willats was working in the Märkisches Viertel in Berlin when he noticed the drawings made by children on the walls of the tower block in which they lived. The drawings were territorial, in that the children of each housing block made the drawings at the base of their own block, depicting a life which seemed to be in stark contrast to the modernist reality of their surroundings.
The Berlin Wall ran past the end of these housing blocks and Willats noticed that one of the children had drawn a small house on one of the walls.  It struck him that the drawing represented an archetypal family house with smoke coming out of the chimney as opposed to the reality of their tower block apartment, and he subsequently photographed the position of the drawing as seen through the concrete columns beneath the housing block where he was working and then he took another photograph closer up.   In Wall Print, the black line made by Stephen Willats connects the children's dream with the actual reality.

This wall print was made for an exhibition by Jurgen Schweinebraden in his gallery, East Berlin, July 1980

Night Portraits Limited Edition, November 2022

Night Portraits Limited Edition

Night Portraits, 1983

A limited edition of 24 images specially made for the exhibition: Inside the Night at Galerie Balice Hertling Paris and available from the Galerie
Galerie Balice Hertling
84 rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris
Tel:  +33 (0) 9 79 42 96 99

Publications by Stephen Willats, November 2022

Several publications by Stephen Willats are available for purchase from the Control Magazine website.
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and at the ICA Bookshop, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH.  Tel: 020 7930 0493


Control Magazine, November 2022

Stephen Willats has been editing Control Magazine since 1965.  To order issues  - see the Control Magazine website: